Life and Afterlife: III. Dreams

Year of composition
David Stybr
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

Note: This score is at sounding pitch. Parts available upon request. Commentary by Left Brain vs. Right Brain. RB: "This movement was completed in October 2004 in Lawrence, Kansas, but it seems a little rough around the edges. What gives?" LB: "The feeling of incompleteness was my attention, let me assure you. Life is replete with unfinished and unrealized dreams, but also much joy if we know how to embrace it. Although life sometimes seems overwhelming, love will triumph. Perhaps surprisingly, the soprano has a subsidiary r?le in this movement, and in one section she accompanies the orchestra rather than vice versa." RB: "For a movement entitled Dreams, it doesn't sound too dreamy. But these are the dreams of our life's aspirations, not of our sleep. Lots of times, our aspirations don't turn out as we'd hope they would. But life is more about the journey than the destination anyway." Left Brain: "To quote William Shakespeare: 'We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.' Mortal life is brief and moves in ways far more mysterious that we can imagine. Happiness can be attained only if we love Life unconditionally, and then we are rewarded with the Afterlife."

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